International conference on aging migrant women in the Czech Republic

SIMI, Faculty of Humanities at the Charles University in Prague and the Institute of Sociology at the University of Bergen cordially invite you to the international conference

Women at the Sidelines (?)

The conference is devoted to the topic of aging migrant women, whose number in the Czech Republic is gradually increasing, but their position is still paid very little attention to.

  • When: 8 June from 10h to 16h
  • Where: Academic conference center, Husova 4, Prague 1
  • The conference will be simultaneously interpreted in the English language.

Are migrant women aged 40+ discriminated in the Czech Republic and in what respect? How is life for these women who worked in the Czech Republic for many years and now are approaching retirement? How can we mitigate the vulnerability of them in the labor market, which derives from their origin, gender and age?

A nonprofit organization SIMI and its academic partners from Prague and Bergen (Norway) were mapping for two years the situation of these women in joint research and analysis of legislation and public policies whose results will be presented at the conference. The conference will also touch the topic of care in the context of migration and the challenges that are associated with this area in the Czech Republic, Norway and in the global context.


10 AM – 10:30 AM  Registration

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM  Introductory Words and Introduction into the Topic, Magda Faltová, SIMI’s Director, PhDr. Jiřina Šiklová, CSc., Sociologist and Publicist

10:45 AM – 12:30 AM  Panel Discussion: Gender, Migration and AgeiN

Hosted by Eva Čech Valentová, SIMI

  • Analysis of the Middle-aged and Senior Female Migrants’ Position – Goals, Tools and Implications of Public Policies in the Czech Republic

Mgr. Pavla Hradečná, SIMI

  • How Does the State Deal with Intersectionality in the Field of Migration, Old Age and Equality of Men and Women

Mgr. Lucia Zachariášová, Office of the CR Government

  • Presentation of the Results of Research on the Situation of Female Migrants Aged 50+ from the Former Yugoslavia

Petra Ezzeddine, PhD., PhDr. Hana Havelková PhD., Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague

  • Preview of a Documentary Titled The Women Next Door (Directed by Theodora Remundová)

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM  Lunch

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM Panel Discussion: Gender, Migration and Care

Hosted by Marie Jelínková, Faculty of Social Studies, Charles University in Prague

  • The Politics of Care Work:  Rethinking the Private and the Public

Prof. Anne Lise Isaksen, Mariya Bikova PhD., University of Bergen (Norway)

  • Challenges for Care Politicians in the Era of Globalisation

Mgr. Zuzana Uhde, PhD., Institute of Sociology, Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic (public research institution)

  • Providing and Accepting Care: Analysis of Reciprocal Bonds between Nannies and Children

Adéla Souralová PhD., Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Brno

2:15 PM – 2:30 PM   Coffee break and transfer to workshop rooms

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM  Workshops

  • 1 – Hands-on Experience in Working with Middle-aged and Senior Female Migrants

(Klára Holíková, Lawyer at SIMI; Sylva Hampalová, Social Worker at SIMI; Natallia Allen, Association for Intercultural Work)

  • 2 – Old Age-related Prospects in Migration – Advocacy and Lobbying Strategies

(Magda Faltová, SIMI’s Director; Pavla Hradečná, SIMI’s Analyst; Kateřina Kňapová, Alternativa 50+)

  • 3 – Female Migrants, Old Age, Care and Health

(František Cihlář, SIMI’s Psychosocial Councillor; Ann Lise Isaksen, University of Bergen; Elena Tulupova, 1st Medical Faculty, Charles University in Prague)

3:45 PM – 4:20 PM  Overview of Workshops

4:20 PM – 4:30 PM  Summary and Closing Remarks

  • The conference will be simultaneously interpreted in the English language, free entry, refreshments provided.


The conference is taking place as part of the project “Women at the Sidelines (?)”, which has been supported by the Open Society Fund Prague from the Let’s Give (Wo)men a Chance programme, funded from Norway Grants.